A friend of mind is considering going Paleo since my fiance and I have been talking his ear off about it since we started. We wanted to invite him over for dinner this week and cook him something mind blowing so he would finally take the Paleo plunge. What meal would you cook for someone who is considering going Paleo?
If you're already using the grill for steaks or marinated chicken, try grilling some fruit for dessert. It tastes awesome, looks pretty, and it's really quick to do! I would definitely stay away from Paleo "substitute" foods (almond flour cookies, pork rind breadings, etc). They will never taste as good as the SAD versions, and it may leave a negative comparison in their minds. Fresh meat, veggies with flavor, and decorative but tasty fruit don't need to be compared to anything!
I suggest slow-cooked pulled pork, broccoli sautéed in butter, sweet potato fries cooked w/ lard, and kimchi.
For dessert: macadamia nuts, frozen wild blueberries, shredded coconut, coconut milk, a bit of natural sweetener and some vanilla extract.
In the summer I'd go with steaks, a big salad, maybe some yam fries or roasted beet salad or something else starchy. For dessert, fruit salad (berries, nectarines etc) , maybe topped with full-fat yoghurt if you do dairy, and cinnamon or something.
Keep it seasonal and simple. I'd take a classic appraoch. A steak or a filet of salmon makes a good anchor. Sauteed kale (in olive oil with bacon lardons) and some roast young carrots (roast in olive oil/butter with fresh herbs).
Other ideas: Latin: roast pork and plantains; or fish tacos in lettuce leaves. Asian: Char siu (bbq pork) with stir-fried vegetables; or thai red curry. Asian only if you do rice, cauliflower rice is not enticing.
I'll echo what others have said: avoid paleo gimmicks and reinventions; don't make it meat-centric.
You may also want to consider vegetarian meals that are paleo friendly. Depending on the guests and what they know about paleo you might not want to hit them over the head with the "paleo equals lots of meat" idea. Not, that you should be shy about letting people know that you eat meat. Just something to think about.
I absolutly love this pork chop recipe and have successfully tested it on several of my non-paleo family members.
I usually serve it with sauteed green beans in Kerrygold and some sweet potato "fries" (aka shaped like fries, tossed in butter, sprinkled with salt & pepper, baked at 400 for 30 minutes).
Dessert: saute some bananas in cocounut oil and sprinkle them with cinnamon. Divine. :)
These were pretty amazing! http://tummyrumblr.com/post/25298577715/chorizo-jibarito
I have a steak rub that is FANTASTIC on fatty steaks (ribeyes, predominantly). I cooked up 3 1lb ribeyes for fathers day for the 3 dads that were at the cookout, and all three were completely consumed, despite the gentlemen saying "I could never eat that thing!". Despite ginger being the primary spice, the end result doesn't have a strong ginger flavor, it's just very complimentary.
1 tablespoon powdered ginger
2 teaspoons onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons kosher sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Use this as a rub, cover and rub it into the steaks. You want the whole exterior "dusted" and rubbed into the meat. Let the steaks come up to room temperature with the rub on them to bring those nice proteins to the surface and coax a nice "crust".
Grill at a high temperature to encourage crusting, and make sure you allow them some adequate rest time (30 seconds/ounce(30gm) or so is my yardstick for resting).
Definitely go with seomething simple and refreshing- nothing elaborate and exotic. If you're anything like me, beef and starchy foods like sweet potatoes are pretty off putting in the summer time (uless it's the occassional sweet potato fry)
I'd do something like this:
a raw shrimp gazpacho for a light and refreshing appetizer. You can garnish the soup with avocado, sour cream (so good, but not strict), cilantro, and a lime wedge. I'd have that with mojitos or white wine. You can find the recipe here http://paleoista.com/recipes/nelsons-paleo-gazpacho-with-coconut-shrimp/ <--- I wonder what stud sent that one in?
for the main course I'd do something like a seared ahi tuna with asparagus and tropical salsa (pineapple or mango) OR a lemon/herb baked chicken with roasted or grilled vegetables like yellow squash, carrots, and asparagus.
for desert I'd just do a fruit salad type thing or just berries.